Continuing the theme of ’What’s In a Name’
I’ve written before* about a singular frustration I have- that my name is too common. Of all the possible names in the world, mine is like number 4,000. That may not seem like it puts me very high up one the list, but indeed it does. Out of seven or so billion people down here on earth, my name is so common that when i google myself, as is my shameful and abiding wont to do with alarming regularity, I am virtually unsearchable.
What I find particularly irksome is that a right-wing radio d.j. in Phoenix, Arizona, ‘The Nearly Famous Barry Young’ always comes up first in my name search. This is a guy who histrionically wondered on air, the day after the Virginia Tech Mass Shooting, “why did all those people just allow themselves to stand there and get shot?’ In other words, if we all had guns then we’d all be safer. Big yuck.
But there is hope for my namesakes!
I’m a big Photoshop user and every time I have launched the program, a list of its creators scrolls by. And on that list is one “Barry Young’. Solipsistic me always assumed Adobe was inserting my username in the credits to tip their hat to an enthusiastic Photoshopper.
After I stopped drinking and trying to set records for quantity and frequency of hard drug usage, it finally dawned on me that I was not the center of the known universe- that it wasn’t all about me (this was a bitter pill to swallow, worse than chewing Oxycontin and washing it down with lukewarm Amstel Lite).
So… I got very discerning and searched “Barry Young Adobe” and lo! and behold! discovered this handsome fellow.
He is Barry Young from Edinburgh, Scotland (one of my very favorite towns) and has been, for some time, working in the U.S. for Adobe. And doing very cool, important, really highly skilled product development.
Which begs the question: Why can’t HE be the most prominent BARRY YOUNG??? He’s brilliant. And talented. He brings cachet and legitimacy to my/our name.
Here is a post he wrote last year for Adobe.
And another, which gives a bit of his bio.
Wow. One of my namesakes is doing great stuff!
Karmically, practically, technologically this Barry Young really and significantly makes up for the toxic blather loosed upon us by the way-too “Nearly Famous Barry Young’ in Phoenix, Arizona. Photoshop is an extremely important application/tool in the world of graphic design, visual arts, mass communications.